Thursday, November 23, 2017

EFCC Invites Ex-Minister of Interior, Abba Moro Over NIS Recruitment

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Former Interior Minister, Abba Moro, has been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over the failed 2014 Nigeria Immigration Service exercise, which saw some Nigerian graduates losing their lives in the process.

He was said to have arrived the Abuja office of the anti-graft agency on Monday morning following an invitation to respond to allegations of fraud in the recruitment process which ended tragically with 16 deaths.

It will be recalled that the recruitment test was written in March 2014, and had attracted about 6.5 million applicants, 700,772 of whom paid N1000 each for the online registration.

Only 4,000 vacancies were advertised by the NIS.

Questions were raised over the N700 million generated by the consultant through online registration fee and why adequate measures were not taken to prevent overcrowding and stampede at the test centres.

Moro initially blamed the applicants for being “disorderly”, but later took responsibility, expressing regrets that his desire to eliminate favouritism through a competitive recruitment process had ended in a tragedy.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan rejected calls to sack Moro but offered jobs to families of the victims.

More so, David Parradang was removed as comptroller-general of NIS by President Muhammadu Buhari in August and was later invited for questioning in September by EFCC over the same exercise.

Culled from the Cable

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